- International Students
Welcome! I look forward to meeting you, and I hope that your experience at Fletcher is productive and rewarding. This section covers information that international students need to prepare for study in the U.S. (For these purposes, international students are those who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.) Please review it, and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.
International Student Advisor & Assistant Registrar
OBTAINING A VISA TO STUDY AT THE FLETCHER SCHOOL
For many students, the process of obtaining a visa to study in the United States can seem daunting. We are here to help you with the process, but the first step in the process is for you to provide us with some critical pieces of information.
This web page gives you a brief overview of the process, but please consults our Admitted Student Website for International Students at http://fletcher.tufts.edu/Congratulations/enrolling/visa for more detailed information. This document is primarily intended for those seeking F-1 visas. If you are seeking a J-1 visa based on your Fletcher School’s sponsorship, please directly email Reiko Morris at your earliest convenience. If you are pursuing a Fletcher degree program under an U.S. non-immigrant visa status other than F-1 or J-1 visa (such as H-1B or G-4 visa) you need to provide a photocopy of your current visa as well as I-94 record. In regard of the U.S. non-immigrant visa status and eligibility to study, please see the resources at the U.S. Department of State’s web site: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english.html .
STEP 1: Complete the “Certification of Funds” form by December 4, 2015
The first critical step is to complete the "Certification of Funds" form and return it no later than December 4, 2015 in the U.S. Eastern Standard Time together with: (1) a photocopy of your passport showing your photograph, biographical information and expiration date; (2) your funding documents, such as bank statement with minimum estimated costs of your admitted academic program; (3) a copy of your Fletcher scholarship (if applicable) and (4) a copy of any other funding document(s) to cover expenses for your Fletcher program to our international student advisor, Reiko Morris (reiko.morris @tufts.edu). You may submit your form and other documents via email first as PDF attachment and airmail the original documents later. We encourage you to submit this information as soon as possible to ensure timely receipt of your visa. Delays in submitting this paperwork are the main cause of students not receiving their visas on time. We don’t accept any funding document that is issued more than 6 months prior to your submission date AND is written in a non-English language. However, the currency can be a different one than the U.S. dollars. If you have any questions about funding documents, please contact Reiko Morris.
STEP 2: Receive your I-20 or DS-2019 form
Once Reiko Morris has received and approved your certification of funds form, she will enter the necessary information into the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). SEVIS is the US Government’s Internet-based system that tracks schools, students, exchange visitors, and their dependents. Once the information has been entered, Reiko will send to you via regular airmail (without tracking number) your I-20 form. If you prefer to receive your I-20 via express mail (Fed-Ex), please check the box on the second page of the Certification of Funds form. The charge will be assessed to your Tufts student account. Express mail is strongly recommended.
STEP 3: Pay I-901 Fee (as known as SEVIS Fee) Online
Once your I-20 or DS-2019 has been issued, you must pay a $200 fee required through SEVIS. The fee must be paid before your visa appointment as you are required to bring a receipt with you to the Consulate, showing that you have paid the fee. Further information regarding the fee can be found at http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/. You cannot make your fee payment without having an I-20 or DS-2019. Please DO NOT make a visa appointment until you pay the fee online.
STEP 4: Schedule an appointment with the nearest embassy or consulate
For a complete list of embassies and consulates, please see http://www.usembassy.gov/. Each embassy or consulate has different processes and wait times for visa interviews. Please make sure to check the U.S. Embassy or Consulate office’s web site where you are applying for the visa.
STEP 5: Come to Fletcher in time for the Mandatory Fletcher Spring 2016 Orientation program! As a new international student, you are required to report to your international student advisor in-person with the following documents once you arrived in the U.S.: (1) passport; (2) I-20 or DS-2019; (3) F-1 or J-1 visa (on your passport.)
Make sure you have your I-20 or DS-2019 and passport when entering the U.S.
- Housing Information
If you would like to apply to live in Blakeley Hall, the graduate dormitory for The Fletcher School, please send a completed application to the Resident Directors directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2015.
- The dates of residence for you would be January 9, 2016 to May 23, 2016.
- If you are accepted to live in Blakeley Hall, you will need to submit a non-refundable $400 deposit by December 15, 2015, which will be applied toward the Spring 2016 semester dormitory fee of $2,950.
- While the Resident Directors will make every effort to accommodate your application, availability in Blakeley Hall for the Spring 2016 semester is not guaranteed and you should continue to look into off-campus housing options as well.
- The application (four pages total) may be accessed here.
Learn more by visiting http://fletcher.tufts.edu/blakeley/.
Fletcher students have several options for housing. Blakeley Hall is a very popular location for many of our students; however, housing is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. In addition, Fletcher is surrounded by several convenient suburbs where students take up residence. Please be sure to make your housing arrangements in advance as the housing market in the Boston area is quite tight.
Blakeley Hall - The Fletcher School's Residence Hall
Blakeley Hall was built in 1926 in a Georgian architectural style and is organized in three wings around a courtyard. Blakeley Hall is located adjacent to the Fletcher academic buildings, providing easy access to classrooms, the Ginn Library, the Mugar Computer Lab, and the Mugar Café, as well as playing fields, tennis courts, and a softball diamond.
Blakeley Hall is The Fletcher School's co-educational dormitory for single students or married students attending school without their spouse and children. On-campus housing is not available for couples or families. Residence at Blakeley Hall is especially useful for students who cannot arrive early to look for housing or who do not want to commit to a 12-month lease (a requirement of most off-campus housing).
Blakeley Hall is a non-smoking residential facility that houses 83 students. Residents occupy suites with one or two other students and share a common living room. Each student has his/her own bedroom equipped with a bed, mattress, dresser, desk, and chair. Residents will need to provide all other furnishings, including their own bed linens, blankets, pillows, towels, fan, non-halogen lamp, telephone, television, bookcases, and personal computer. Sofas, futons, and other furniture must meet Tufts fire code standards or they will not be allowed. Residents share bathrooms with three or four other students of the same gender on the same floor. The residence hall has a communal kitchen outfitted with refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, sinks, and shared cupboard space. Because kitchen space is limited, you may wish to purchase at least a partial meal plan. For use in the communal kitchen, residents need to provide their own cooking supplies. You are welcome to bring cooking appliances and put them in the kitchen. Cooking appliances are not permitted in the bedrooms due to fire safety regulations. Blakeley Hall also has coin-operated laundry facilities and a lounge with vending machines, cable television, and DVD player. On-campus parking is available for a fee.
The Blakeley Hall housing fee for the Spring 2016 semester is $2,950 and will be charged directly to residents' student accounts, minus the $400 deposit. Utilities (water, heat, and electricity), local phone service, basic cable television connection, and high-speed wireless Internet access are included in the housing fee. Upon check-in, residents must pay a refundable $100 key and security deposit, which will be returned at the end of the semester upon check-out.
How to apply for housing at Blakeley Hall:
Please see the Blakeley Hall website for all application forms. Please keep in mind that requests for on-campus housing usually exceed the number of available rooms. Do not assume that you have a room guaranteed unless you receive confirmation from the Blakeley Hall Resident Directors.
Contact Information for Blakeley Hall Resident Directors:
Address: Blakeley RDs
The Fletcher School
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Hill Hall Mailroom
c/o 389 Boston Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
If you are accepted to live in Blakeley Hall, you can send packages to yourself in advance of your arrival. All packages must be sent to the Tufts University Mail Services mailroom in Hill Hall and should not be shipped to the Fletcher School mailroom. Students will be notified via email to pick up their packages at Hill Hall when packages are received at Tufts University Mail Services. Students will be required to show their Tufts ID to claim all packages. Hill Hall can receive packages beginning January 1, 2016.
The Fletcher School is located in a densely populated suburban area a few miles northwest of downtown Boston. The communities in which Fletcher students usually live are MEDFORD, SOMERVILLE, CAMBRIDGE, ARLINGTON, and MALDEN. Many apartments in this area are accessible by walking or by public transportation. Students with cars can live farther away from campus where housing is generally less expensive. The student population in the Boston area is enormous and good housing tends to disappear quickly. We therefore recommend that you visit the area to secure an apartment several months before the semester begins.
Here are a few online maps to help you get your bearings. The first is a map of the neighborhoods near Tufts. (Tufts is indicated by the red star on the map.) The second is a public transportation system map. This will help you determine how to access Tufts and navigate the area via public transportation. (Tufts is located in Section 5 of the map.)
With the Tufts University campus located partially in SOMERVILLE and partially in MEDFORD, these two towns are the most convenient options for many Fletcher students. SOMERVILLE is home to Davis Square which features many cafes, restaurants, and the Davis Square stop on the Red Line of the "T" (Boston's subway system). MEDFORD is more residential with the town center slightly farther removed from Fletcher. From there, CAMBRIDGE and ARLINGTON are the next closest options with good public transportation to and from Fletcher. CAMBRIDGE is located closer to Boston and its many bookstores and restaurants create a vibrant student-oriented atmosphere. (For these benefits, however, you must pay the price of higher rent and parking fees.) ARLINGTON, which is more residential, is another close alternative. BELMONT, WINCHESTER, MELROSE, STONEHAM, WOBURN, and LEXINGTON are mainly residential areas. These towns are usually limited to students who own cars since there are no direct bus routes to Fletcher from these areas.
Rents vary according to the area you choose but, generally, a studio/1-bedroom apartment will range from $900 to $1,200 per month. Rent often does not include the cost of utilities - a major expense during New England's cold winters. Utilities can cost over $200 per month per apartment, averaged over a 12-month period. Generally, Fletcher students who share accommodations (2-, 3-, or 4-bedroom apartments) pay an average of $600 to $900 per month without utilities.
In addition to the first month's rent, many landlords require that you pay the last month's rent plus a security deposit that is held by the landlord and returned to you when you leave if the property has not been damaged. Massachusetts State Law requires your landlord to deposit this money and to regularly show you the interest statement. Massachusetts State Law also stipulates that the amount of "up front money" cannot exceed three months' rent. It is wise to get a written, signed statement from the landlord concerning the condition of the apartment before you move in to insure that you will not be charged for damages for which you are not responsible.
Additionally, you may be expected to sign a lease. Before signing anything, read the document carefully to check whether you will be held responsible for rent if you decide to leave before the lease expires (usually one year). Some landlords will negotiate shorter-term arrangements or allow you to sublet for the balance of a lease period. Since a lease is a contract, you may wish to consult legal counsel.
Where to Look:
The TuftsLife website is a Tufts-wide resource that lists apartments as well as campus events and other information.
The Tufts Off-Campus Housing Resource Center offers a valuable website that includes complete information on how to find an apartment in the local area, links to area newspaper ads, and a list of available apartments and homes.
Another helpful place to look for off-campus housing is the Harvard Off-Campus Housing Office located at 7 Holyoke Street, just off Harvard Square. Since you will not get a Tufts University Student ID card until Orientation week, you will need to take along your letter of acceptance to Fletcher to use at that office. Most of the listings are for CAMBRIDGE or SOMERVILLE and include rentals as well as "roommates wanted". This office has many listings that are not posted elsewhere.
Online resources that include useful resources for roommates, houses, apartments for rent, etc.:
*Please note: These websites are listed for your convenience only and have not been vetted or endorsed by The Fletcher School in any way.
Local print publications that include useful resources for roommates, houses, apartments for rent, etc.:
- The Boston Phoenix
- The Arlington Advocate
- The Somerville Journal
- The Medford Citizen
- Student Council
- Congratulations on your acceptance to Fletcher! On behalf of the current student body, the Student Council would like to welcome you to the Fletcher community.
The Student Council represents the entire student body, and everyone who is willing to devote time and attention to the affairs of the School is encouraged to run for a position. In recent years, the Student Council has been involved in projects such as improving information technology resources, career services, and developing the academic curriculum. Furthermore, Fletcher Student Council offers opportunities for:
- Interaction on many levels with the Faculty and Administration
- High level of student involvement in school activities
- Initiating projects and discussing policies
- Voicing student concerns directly in "town hall" meetings
The Student Council is comprised of three first-year students, three second-year students, and one PhD candidate. Returning students elect their representatives at the end of their first year. The election process for the three remaining Student Council positions takes place toward the beginning of the academic year.
The 2015-2016 First-Year Student Representatives are: Camilo Caballero, Ammar Karimjee, and Kerrlene Wills.
The 2015-2016 Second-Year Student Representatives are: Kirsten Zeiter, Aditi Desai, and Jeremy Blaney.
The PhD Student Representative is: Jeremy Watkins
We are looking forward to talking with you about how you can participate in student governance and student life at Fletcher.
In addition to the Student Council, students are elected to participate on a number of School, faculty, and program committees.
The Committees are:
- Committee on Academic Integrity
- Committee on Career Services
- Committee on Diversity and Inclusiveness
- Committee on Student Academic Programs
- Student Employment
What is work-study?
Work-study is a form of financial aid designed to assist students in meeting educational expenses. Awarded as a part of the financial aid package, work-study awards are dispensed by the Financial Aid Office per semester. Students are paid each week for hours worked through their work-study positions. On-campus work-study positions are designated as such by various departments on the Tufts campuses. Off-campus work-study positions are community service jobs at non-profit organizations that directly benefit the community such as the America Reads Literacy Program. All community service sites are subject to approval by the Manager of Student Employment.
What about non work-study students?
Students ineligible for work-study can still obtain positions both on and off campus by applying for positions designated as non work-study.
When can I work?
After you have obtained a position and completed the necessary paperwork (if applicable), then you can begin working. The academic year work period normally begins the first Monday in September after the Labor Day holiday and continues until Graduation Day. Regardless of the number of jobs held, Tufts' policy states that students are not permitted to work more than 20 hours per week (part-time) during the academic year. During the summer and other semester breaks students are permitted to work up to 40 hours per week (full-time). The summer work period usually begins the Monday after Graduation Day and continues until the beginning of the academic year work period.
Where can I find a position?
Most job openings in Fletcher departments are announced via the Fletcher Official email listserv. Incoming students will be added to this listserv by the start of classes. Available campus positions in Boston, Medford, Grafton, Somerville, and surrounding areas are listed on the job posting Web site at http://uss.tufts.edu/stuemp/. Also, babysitting and camp counseling positions can be viewed in the childcare and camp books located in the Career Resources library.
Do I need to fill out any employment papers?
If you will be working for the first time through the Tufts student payroll system either on-campus or at an approved off-campus community service location, you must submit the forms and documents required for employment and ensure your payroll record is correctly set up for you. Complete details regarding work study can be found in the Tufts University Student Employment Manual available at: http://uss.tufts.edu/stuemp/.
- Office of Career Services and PDP
Welcome to Fletcher! We are looking forward to meeting you. To prepare you for our time together, we want to give you some details about the Professional Development Program (PDP). In addition, we know that some of you may have time before you arrive at Fletcher to begin reflecting upon your past experiences and thinking about your future careers. Ultimately, the earlier you begin your career search process while at Fletcher, the more success you’ll have in finding a satisfying position upon graduation.
What is the PDP? The PDP introduces you to a portfolio of essential professional skills critical to finding satisfying international careers. Learning these skills gives you the tools you need professionally to succeed in the real world, as a complement to the rigorous academic preparation you get while at Fletcher. You will use this skill set to manage your international career search while at Fletcher, as well as post-Fletcher.
What’s the schedule? Please check-in with the Office of Career Services for the PDP schedule.
What happens during the PDP sessions? Most sessions include interactive activities to give you a chance to practice the skills you are learning. Assignments include short career development activities such taking a self-assessment tool, writing your resume, strategically leveraging informational interview requests, and creating an elevator pitch.
Is it required? Yes, all first-year students in two-year programs are required to participate in the PDP in order to graduate from Fletcher. Students must attend orientation and seven of the eight remaining sessions, as well as complete the assignments, to fulfill this requirement. This is treated like the foreign language requirement at Fletcher. Students in one-year degree programs and exchange students are not required to participate in the PDP unless they want to use OCS services while at Fletcher in which case, the program is required.
What can I do to prepare for the PDP before I get to Fletcher? In surveys and coaching appointments, we often hear students say “I wish I had spent more time doing some serious career reflection and research prior to beginning my studies at Fletcher.” They find that once the semester begins, it is challenging to balance their career search and academic work load. Here are our suggestions:
- Begin working on the attached “My career plan”:
If you find it easy to complete, it’s likely you have a clearly defined path, and you may be able to quickly focus your energy when you arrive at Fletcher. If you find it challenging, even anxiety-provoking, you may need more information, either about yourself or the world of work or both.
- Speak with professionals in organizations where you might like to work:
People are usually very willing to share their advice and experience. Who knows where these conversations will take you. One of those people might give you a job when you graduate. If you are not sure about the type of work you would like to do, spend some time thinking about the jobs you have already had. What did you like/dislike about them? Do you like team or individual work better? Do you like selling people on your ideas or do you prefer doing research?
For more information on our office and services, please visit our website http://fletcher.tufts.edu/ocs/default.shtml.
We look forward to seeing you!
The Office of Career Services
- Ginn Library & IT
The Edwin Ginn Library provides collections, services and technology that anticipate and meet the research and instructional needs of The Fletcher School. The Library maintains a research and study environment conducive to exploration, discovery and knowledge creation.
For more information on Ginn Library and the services offered, please visit the Ginn Library website.
- Campus Life
Fletcher Student Organizations
Student organizations are an integral part of The Fletcher School. They serve as a focal point and catalyst for many of the School’s activities. The wide range of student organizations offer a unique environment for students to pursue his/her interests. Please visit the Fletcher Connect website for more information on Student Life at Fletcher.
TuftsLife is a non-profit, student-operated organization whose purpose is to provide various types of information delivery services to the Tufts community to become better informed about the campus and the world around it.
- Greater Boston
The Boston area is a world-class academic hub (home to more than a quarter of a million students at fifty colleges and universities), a health care mecca, and a high-tech boomtown.
Boston has been known to be called the "Cradle of Liberty" and the "Hub of the Universe." It is the American city that blazed the trail toward independence for the United States with many "firsts" such as, the first public library, the first public schools, and the first subway system.
Consider these possibilities: On a given day, you could walk Boston’s historic Freedom Trail; walk the Black Heritage Trail; tour Boston’s harbor islands by boat; hear a chamber music concert at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum tapestry room; hear a world class symphony orchestra at Symphony Hall; see the street performers at Faneuil Hall; shop the boutiques on Newbury Street; rollerblade on Boston’s Esplanade; take in a concert at the Hatch Shell; stroll the galleries of the Museum of Fine Arts; or walk among free-flying butterflies at the Museum of Science. You’ll have just as many choices in the evening. Try one of the many fabulous restaurants, a few examples include: Afgan, Asian, barbecue, bistro, Brazilian, Cajun, Cambodian, Caribbean, Cuban, Chinese, Dominican, eclectic/new American, Ethiopian, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Neapolitan, Russian, seafood, Spanish, steak, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, or Vietnamese. Take in a flick at the Harvard Film Archive, see the Boston Ballet, or track Boston’s alternative music scene at the Middle East.
Getting Away from It All:
Still looking for more? Within a three-hour drive of the city, you can find yourself:
Boston Publications Online:
City and State Government:
- Maps & Directions
The Fletcher School
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155 U.S.
Phone: +1 (617) 627-3700
From the southwest, west, and northwest via routes 2, 3, 9, Interstate 95, or the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90), exit onto the Boston circumferential, Route 128 (Interstate 95), and proceed north to its intersection with Route 2 (Exit 29A). Proceed east on Route 2 to the junction of routes 2 and 16. Turn left onto Route 16 east (Alewife Brook Parkway). Follow Route 16 through two full traffic lights. Take the next right, a sharp turn, onto Powderhouse Boulevard. Proceed to Packard Avenue, the third left, which leads to the campus and to the visitors' parking lot.
From Boston, the south, and the south shore, follow the Southeast Expressway (Route 3 north) to Interstate 93 north to Exit 31 (Mystic Valley Parkway/Arlington). Follow the exit ramp to Medford Square. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Main Street. Follow Main Street (bear to the right at the fork) for approximately 3/10 of a mile. Turn right onto George Street. Proceed to the end of George Street and turn left onto Winthrop Street. Follow Winthrop Street through its intersection with Boston Avenue (just over the railroad bridge). Stay on Winthrop Street and go up and over the hill and turn left onto Professors Row. Take your first left (at the stop sign) onto Packard Avenue. The visitors' parking lot will be on your right near the top of the hill (you will pass The Fletcher School on your left).
From the north via routes 1, 3, 95, 28, or 93, the recommended approach is via Route 128 (Interstate 95), to its intersection with Interstate 93. Go south on Interstate 93 to Exit 32, Medford Square. Proceed to the center of the square, turn left onto Main Street, and refer to the directions in the preceding paragraph.
From Logan Airport, follow signs for Boston and Interstate 93 via the Sumner Tunnel as you leave the airport. Once through the tunnel, follow signs for Interstate 93 north. Depending on the time of day you are traveling (and general traffic conditions), the trip from Logan to Fletcher can take as little as 20 minutes or as long as 45 minutes. Follow the directions in the second paragraph.
Click for most current routes and fares or visit the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) website for further information.
From Logan Airport, board the Silver Line bus at your terminal and take it to the South Station stop. At South Station, transfer to the Red Line. Take an inbound train (towards Alewife) eight stops to Davis Square. Allow one hour to get to Fletcher from the airport by subway. See below for directions to campus from Davis Square.
From the bus terminals and the Amtrak terminal located at Boston's South Station, follow signs to the MBTA Red Line South Station subway trains. Board an inbound train (towards Alewife) and take it eight stops to Davis Square. Give yourself 35-45 minutes to get from South Station to campus. See below for directions to campus from Davis Square.
From Davis Square you have several options to get to campus. You can board MBTA bus #96 (Medford Square) or #94 (West Medford) to Tufts, take the Tufts Shuttle bus, or walk 15-20 minutes along College Avenue to the campus. The MBTA bus will let you off at the Tufts Memorial Steps. Walk up the steps and cross the Tufts quadrangle. You will see Fletcher's Cabot Intercultural Center on your left as you cross Packard Avenue at the far end of the quadrangle. The bus schedules are posted on the street level inside the waiting area of the subway station (at the College Ave. exit) or can be found on the MBTA link above.
The Tufts Shuttle Bus is free and picks up riders across from the Holland St. exit of the Davis Square subway stop approximately every 20 minutes starting at 7:00am. The shuttle makes 5-6 stops, one of which is in front of the Olin Center, next to The Fletcher School's Cabot Intercultural Center. Please note that the shuttle runs only during fall and spring semesters when classes are in session.
The walk, well...it's free and exhilarating (with a slight uphill grade). When you exit the Davis Square station, follow the exit signs for College Avenue. Turn right out of the station and follow College Avenue to the Tufts Memorial Steps (about 15-20 minutes). Walk up the steps and cross the Tufts quadrangle. You will see Fletcher's Cabot Intercultural Center on your left as you cross Packard Avenue at the far end of the quadrangle.